Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Monday, July 06, 2020
Together Against Evil Personified
Because it's not Russia or corruption or the pandemic, Trump just launched an attack "breathtaking even by (his) usual standards" on NASCAR's Bubba Wallace for not apologizing for the noose found hanging in his garage - an event that prompted 39 good ol' white boys to push their only black colleague's car to the start of a race to declare, "We are one family." Though he's utterly failed to get the memo, the vast outrage at Trump's racist atrocity confirms times are changing.
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Friday, July 03, 2020
An Unholy License
This beleaguered Fourth evokes the searing words of Frederick Douglass, a black man furiously recounting to his white audience "the immeasurable distance between us," the day exposing "your shouts of liberty and equality" as "hollow mockery...mere bombast, fraud, deception." In this historic moment, Daveed Diggs - "Hamilton"'s Thomas Jefferson - reads from Douglass to images of a still-racist America, asking, "Where is the country where my people are safe?"
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Friday, July 03, 2020
Ha Ha: Rotten to the Core
Four Colorado cops and sick fucks just got fired for thinking it was hilarious to replicate choking a helpless young black man to death, taking photos and giving them to a fellow cop "to cheer him up" - a grisly move Elijah McClain's family compared to proud mobs taking photos of their Jim Crow lynchings. The "disgusted" police chief said the firings show "the culture has been reset," but the cops' union grotesquely whined they violate officers’ "due process" - so not just yet.
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Friday, July 03, 2020
Tweet, Donny, Tweet!
Kudos to the Dem activists and hive minds of Defeat by Tweet, a new super PAC that makes Trump pay for every vile, lying, racist scrap of bile he spews - with black social justice groups gifted his unwitting largesse. For every tweet, you can donate a few cents to organizers in swing states; a million people giving 2¢ a pop for his roughly 30 tweets a day nets $18 million a month to beat him and save democracy. Oh sweet, pricey accountability. Maybe "the blacks" really will love him now.
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Thursday, July 02, 2020
Going Full Nazi (Again)
Wow. The dog whistle's become a fog horn these dark and threatening days with Trump's new re-election merch: An "America First" - whiff of fascism here - t-shirt that looks queasily, uncannily like the Iron Eagle, the symbol of the Nazi Party. " It’s not an accident," wrote Bend the Arc, which also caught the recent concentration-camp-style red triangles. "Bigotry is their entire brand." And yes, there are eagle images - U.S. seal, Marines - that aren't Nazi symbols. This...is.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Protest In Harmony for Elijah McClain - Until Rioting Cops Teargas His Violin Vigil
This weekend, thousands gathered in Colorado for a Violin Vigil to honor Elijah McClain, who was killed by police for being black and thus "suspicious." In "an absolutely surreal scene," riot police began attacking the crowd with pepper spray and rubber bullets. Then a lone violin wailed - Tupac’s “Changes” - and stopped the chaos. Jeff Hughes: "I knew that music was the biggest weapon" - at least till the news cops had gleefully re-enacted the murder and "somehow (found) a new low."
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Monday, June 29, 2020
Overwrought, Bellicose White Privilege Chap. 4,7346
Exquisitely illustrating why peaceful, unarmed people of color are in the streets denouncing the brutal fact that peaceful, unarmed people of color are routinely shot, these white St. Louis lawyers just pulled guns on protesters simply walking past their gated, uber-gaudy, Renaissance palazzo to protest at the mayor's nearby house. Twitter was on it, dubbing them "Bunny and Clod," "the remake of Mr. and Mrs. Smith nobody wanted," and, the best, "the NIMBYonese Liberation Army."
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Friday, June 26, 2020
"Please Forgive Me," Said Elijah McClain As Three Cops Murdered Him
Another one. This week in Colorado, three cops were removed from active duty and the governor announced a new investigation into the death last year of Elijah McClain, a slight, gentle, 23-year-old massage therapist who was walking home from a store listening to music when the cops stopped, choked and killed him for looking "suspicious," also black. The actions came after millions of people called, posted and signed a petition to protest the state's inaction. So yes: Speak up.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
More Shocking Than All the Lies: The Leading Cause of (Far Too Often Needless) Death In America
Huh. Despite our estimable leader's willful, febrile good cheer - all good, no virus, you're the virus, no more testing, let's go shopping! - COVID-19 is skyrocketing. We just saw the highest single-day surge in new cases - 38,115 nationwide - with new outbreaks in multiple re-opened states - Texas, Arizona, Florida - and the CDC now warns we could have 20 million cases, or 10 times those reported. Who could/should have seen it coming? Damning new ads remind us: The guy guilty of mass murder.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Unfit: Bully Billy Barr
After Mueller, Flynn, Stone and countless acts of obstruction of justice, lawless goon and AG William Barr may have finally gone a brazen crime too far when he fired Geoffrey Berman for doing his job. Now the New York Bar Association and most of Barr's former legal colleagues are calling for him to be disbarred, censured, investigated and otherwise brought down for being what a teenage schoolmate exposes as "a lifelong bully, racist and fascist" and "one of the truly evil figures of our day."
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